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The Reality of Flood Damages To Your Oakland Home

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Reality of Flood Damages To Your Oakland Home Flooding in the Oakland Bay Area? Call SERVPRO for Emergency Water Removal

Rapid Water Extraction by SERVPRO Mitigates Losses to Your Property

While you might not always think of your Oakland home as being susceptible to flooding, this unfortunate occurrence happens more often than area residents might realize. Typically, this traumatic disaster occurs in conjunction with storm damage from the heavy systems that pass through the area and offer both torrential rains as well as powerful winds that can knock down weaker trees, their limbs, or remove siding and shingles from your roof.
 
Once your home has gotten damaged by a storm moving through the area, you now have a vulnerable point of access for the rainwater to create flood damages in you Oakland residence. While there might not be a way that you can entirely avoid this possibility, there are ways that you can help to prevent irreparable damages and your insurance claim to the lowest that it can be: call professional restoration services, like what our SERVPRO team provides, immediately.
 
Our goal is to respond to your disaster as quickly as possible, and giving us the opportunity to address your flood damages as they happen can help us to get the job done more quickly, and you to have less time to worry about the damages in your home. If the flooding is still occurring when our team arrives at your home, our SERVPRO professionals work quickly to seal up the vulnerable points to prevent further water damage so that the restoration process can get underway.
 
Extraction is always a critical component to restoring flood damages to your home, and depending on the severity of the present water, could require portable pumps and wet-vacs, or even a pump truck from our fleet. Once the water has gotten successfully pulled from the affected area, then drying efforts can begin. This may take days, depending on the depth of the water, temperature, humidity, and structural conditions of the house.

While there are many different ways that your home might find itself at the mercy of flood damages, you do not have to face these effects on your own. You can always count on the dependability and professionalism of SERVPRO of San Leandro. Our team can work quickly to prevent irreparable damage to your home and restore it back to the way it used. whenever possible. Give us a call anytime at (510) 352-2480.

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Why Mold Damage In Your Oakland Home Should Cause Some Concern

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Damage In Your Oakland Home Should Cause Some Concern SERVPRO Says Eliminating Excess Moisture is Key to Mold Remediation in Oakland Properties

SERVPRO Says Mold Remediation and Cleanup Makes Oakland Properties Safer

Many people grew up in homes (or at least experienced other places) where mold was growing. Typically this occurred in damp, dark basements where few people ever ventured. The problem was not one that the occupants of the house worried much about, mainly because people understood less about the potential health effects associated with mold exposure. These days, if you encounter mold in your Oakland home, it is something that should be a cause for some concern.
 
The reason that so many people are familiar with mold growth and its associated smells is the ease with which it grows in houses. In fact, all that spores need to seat and thrive are moisture, warmer temperatures, and some organic material for a food source. Oakland homeowners that encounter mold damage should proceed with caution and not attempt to remove these colonies on their own. This job is more suitable for the experienced IICRC certified mold remediation specialists we employ at SERVPRO.
 
Once the assessment of the full scope of the damage has gotten completed, our technicians have the scoping completed to select the proper equipment for the remediation. We work to isolate the affected areas using air scrubbers and negative air chambers. This process helps to prevent the spread of active mold spores to new areas while we work to remove the colonies and remediate the damages that have occurred.
 
While sanding and specific chemical solutions have proven useful for removing the entire hyphae from porous structural components like wood framing, this is not always a success. In situations where the damage is too severe, these structural elements or construction materials might require removal and replacement through controlled demolition efforts. Our SERVPRO professionals can help to prepare your home for this reconstruction by removing the severely damaged areas solely.
 
It might seem like all of this could be a little extreme for some mold growing in your house, but the more that gets understood about the health effects linked to exposure, the more that these efforts seem appropriate for keeping you and your family safe. Trust our remediation specialists at SERVPRO of San Leandro to help you restore the damage and get back to the way things ought to be. "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime you need us at (510) 352-2480. 

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Fire Damage Restoration Projects in Oakland

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Projects in Oakland When you experience fire damage in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO for thorough restoration services.

SERVPRO Offers IICRC Certified Fire Damage Restoration Services

After a fire starts inside your Oakland home, mitigation requires quite a few steps. When things inside a home get burned there are many other problems the initial blaze likely cause. The flames and heat created by a fire ruin items and smoke spreads throughout the house leaving behind soot residues and pungent odors.

Various types of damage get caused when different kinds of materials get burned. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Oakland utilize different restoration methods when dealing with many kinds of fuels burned in the blaze. Every step of the process takes a combination of the many mitigation chemicals, techniques, and equipment.

The first step to any restoration project is to make sure the area is safe for workers and occupants. Fires often create unsafe areas when parts of the building's structure get burned. Any potential hazards immediately get repaired, or if the area is still not safe, then it gets blocked off, and warning signs get posted in the region.

Next, our SERVPRO emergency restoration team inspects your entire building to see exactly where damage occurred. After we find all of the areas in the house that got affected by the burn, we look and see how severe the damage is in each area. Based on the severity of the burn problems we decide to either remove, resurface, or clean the building materials and contents affected.

Removing and replacing items is the most expensive of the three processes and only gets used in cases of extreme damage. If the item appears to be burnt too badly to clean, then sometimes the materials get sanded down so that the charred part gets removed. We then coat the burned material with a specialized sealant paint to seal in any remaining foul odors.

In many cases, even sometimes if the soot residue is really thick, cleaning restores smoke damage issues. When cleaning walls and ceilings, we usually use different methods to ensure the job gets completed efficiently. When using dry sponges to clean off soot residues from surfaces, we start from the top and work down to prevent soils from dropping onto a clean area and creating secondary damage. When wet cleaning surfaces we do the opposite and work from the bottom up so that the chemicals do not create extra damage from streaking.

When completing any restoration project, we use a combination of the IICRC certified techniques and processes so that we complete the job as efficiently as possible. For professional help cleaning soils created by fire and smoke, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Flood Damage May Become A Regular Problem In Oakland

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage May Become A Regular Problem In Oakland Residential Flooded Homes in Oakland Often Turn to SERVPRO for Storm Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Provides Exceptional Service for Cleanup and Restoration After Flooding

When heavy rains cover the Bay Area with precipitation, streets, highways, and homes are all at risk of flooding. In the Oakland area basements, crawl spaces, and foundations can fill with water, a disaster that non-professionals cannot manage on their own. Our crews of IICRC trained technicians provide support for residents of our community struggling with flooding events. 

Forces of nature that cause Oakland flood damage cannot be resisted, but with a highly-qualified team of restoration experts, a home can be returned to preloss condition. Complications arise when areas of land near the bay show signs of sinking and ocean levels may be rising. Climate change and acreage formed of fill and debris have the potential to make flooding events even more common. Our skills and experience buoy up our efforts in these stressful situations. 
 
Fast response times are crucial when dealing with lower level flooding. Building materials can withstand standing water for a brief time, but every hour and day without relief increases the possibility that foundation walls and interior paneling, gypsum board, mechanical systems, stored items, and appliances become severely damaged. When our SERVPRO flood remediation team arrives, an interrelated and integrated process starts that results in complete water extraction and structural drying. 
 
Each of our service vehicles drives up with submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors on board. If power is cut to your flooded home, we work off generators on our trucks. This immediate response is vital to a successful outcome. The quality of the water -- clean, gray, or black -- is evaluated by SERVPRO trained and seasoned technicians. The earlier our intervention, the more likely that contamination is minimal. Hazardous items stored in the lower level like paints and chemicals, and any sewer backup, common with heavy rains, can taint the water swiftly. 
 
If the water is gray or black SERVPRO keeps current with local hazardous waste disposal rules, protecting our customers from misstepping and the public from dangerous substances. Once the water exits via our high-efficiency equipment we use proven disinfectants to inhibit microbial growth in the affected areas. Pumps and extractors make way for air movers, dehumidifiers, and possibly heaters to create the optimum conditions for drying. Our crew determines a drying target based on moisture measurements and industry standards, and we persevere until it is achieved. 
 
Training and technology help SERVPRO of San Leandro stay ahead of the challenges of flooding events in the Bay Area. Call us at (510) 352-2480 to schedule an assessment of your flood damage scenario. 

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Mold Damage Cleanup for Your Oakland Home

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Cleanup for Your Oakland Home Mold can present in plain sight or it can be hidden. So whether you see or smell the presence of mold in your home, it is time to call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Completes a Thorough Inspection Before Starting the Remediation Process


When you have some hidden moisture in your Oakland bathroom, you can also have some hidden mold growth. A dark, moist, environment is perfect for mold to begin growing. It does not take long to start, and it spreads quickly, so before you know it, you could have a significant mold problem in your home.
 
Finding mold and mold damage in your Oakland home can be overwhelming. However, it is important not to hesitate in getting the problem handled, so it does not continue to spread. Our technicians at SERVPRO are specially trained to handle mold and mildew and can do so without causing the growth to spread further.
 
We begin an inspection for mold as soon as possible after arriving at your home and gathering any necessary information from you. We want to know if you have had any mold damage in the past or any known leaks in your bathroom which could be causing the mold. We use infrared cameras and moisture meters to find any hidden moisture or mold. We look for particular signs that mold leaves behind and locate and spot the mold.
 
Mold remediation beings with SERVPRO techs building a containment barrier to separate the affected area from the clean areas of your home, so the growth does not spread. All our work is done within the containment, which is also put under negative air pressure to ensure the spores of mold are not released outside of the work area. Our negative air filtration units include two pre-filters and a HEPA filter. We can then begin removing the mold growth. If there is substantial damage to porous materials such as drywall, it may need to be removed and replaced.
 
Other surfaces can be cleaned by damp wiping and HEPA vacuuming. We clean in the direction of the negative air machines. After completing a round of cleaning, we allow time for mold spores and dust to settle before the next round of cleaning. The structure is then dried to stop any further mold growth. Dehumidifiers with a low air flow can be used during the containment and removal procedures.
 
SERVPRO of San Leandro ensures that we do a thorough inspection and cleaning of your home in Alameda, Hayward, or San Leandro when mold is present. Call us right away at (510) 352-2480 if you suspect you have a mold infestation.

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Flood Damage Specialists In Oakland Are Ready to Help

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Specialists In Oakland Are Ready to Help Be Prepared for Flooding Events in Oakland--Contact SERVPRO to Reduce Water Damage and DIsruptions

Flooding of Crawl Spaces and Structures Require Prompt Water Removal to Mitigate Damage

Any time a storm comes into town, high-speed winds and copious amounts of rain likely occur. When a storm hits your neighborhood, many different types of elements possibly harm your Oakland residence. Rain sometimes creates flooding conditions, which often causes moisture to get inside your house. Other times, wind breaks windows and rain pours directly into your structure.

Unwanted moisture inside your home can cause many problems. It is sensible to seek out the help of SERVPRO's flood damage experts in Oakland any time you notice water coming into your dwelling after a storm. It is possible that moisture ruins your contents and building materials. If high levels of humidity go unattended, then mold growth occurs and can flourish creating significant secondary storm damage.
 
One common place that water gets into during a storm or flood is the crawl space. When water builds up outside your home the first area that likely gets damaged is the crawl space under the building. Some crawl spaces are small and difficult to access. If water ever fills up your crawl space, our team at SERVPRO starts mitigating the problem by making sure there are no hazards in the area. Once the space is safe, we remove any standing water that is present. Often, this water is "black" contaminated muddy water. Pesticides, fertilizers, sewage, chemicals, and even animal carcasses can add to the filth and pathogenic organisms found in flood waters. Our technicians use submersible pumps to extract all of the water possible.
 
Next our restoration crew figures out the best way to dry the crawl space and flooring materials. If it is possible, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up inside the area. If there is not enough room to get equipment into the tight space, other measures get taken. Sometimes, part of the floor gets removed, so the area dries. Other times we run a warm air hose off of a dehumidifier into the crawl space. Conduits connected to large LGR dehumidifiers often do the trick of restoring normal RH levels after some days.
 
Any time a storm comes into town and harms your residence, it is best to consult industry professionals. To get your water damage problem mitigated as efficiently as possible call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 for 24/7 assistance.

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Commercial Water Damage Affects the Whole San Leandro Community

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Affects the Whole San Leandro Community SERVPRO understands the importance of keeping your doors open after a water disaster.

SERVPRO Responds and Works Quickly to Restore Your Commercial Space

When water damages any property in San Leandro at least some of our neighbors, acquaintances, or business partners experience direct harm. The water loss a business suffers can have broad ranging implications for many in our community. We pride ourselves on possessing the capacity to respond quickly and efficiently to commercial water damage issues, getting the affected company and those who rely upon it back in business.

A San Leandro business afflicted with water damage must respond fast, and find a partner willing to work with them to assess the problem and plan a path back to productivity. The owners of the company fear a financial burden as they manage the damage, but they also feel grave concern for their employees and clients or customers if the damage leads to even minimal downtime. As our highly qualified team of water damage technicians assisted by our state of the art equipment swiftly moves in to help, we focus on a speedy yet top-notch turnaround.

Our SERVPRO restoration professionals deliver proven water damage remediation services backed by decades of combined experience. Technicians on our work crews are trained thoroughly to meet and exceed the IICRC industry standards. After assessment of the scene and the specifics of your business’s water damage, our management devises a plan based on our familiarity of what works to transform a water loss circumstance back to a fully restored and supportive working environment. We listen to your desires and needs as we craft the framework of the restoration.

The SERVPRO work crews dispatched to your property waste no time as they identify the sources of water damage, arrange for repair or adjustment to halt the continued water incursion and begin the process of drying out, repairing, and restoring affected spaces. We are happy to work with other contractors and vendors in a collaborative effort to turn the destruction around.

The less time your employees are idle, the better for them and the community that relies on you for goods and services. Early in the process SERVPRO management consults with you and brainstorms ways to contain the damaged areas so you can continue commerce in unaffected places within your physical plant. Every moment a company stalls waiting for water damage recovery increase the risk of business failure no matter how proficient our restoration efforts prove to be.

Our community is an interrelated network of businesses, families, and individuals. SERVPRO of San Leandro pledges to be there for your company if water damage threatens your ability to deliver your products or services. Contact us at (510) 352-2480 immediately after suffering a water loss so we can get the restoration moving.

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Remediating Mold Damage In San Leandro

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage In San Leandro Mold spores are common to every San Leandro home.

Mold Remediation And Restoration

Mold spores are common to every San Leandro home, almost as common as house dust and just as harmless. When they come in contact with enough moisture though, they quickly expand and begin to grow into a problem that costs homeowners millions of dollars each year.

To stop, clean, and remove San Leandro mold damage, SERVPRO restoration offices follow five principles laid out by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Their S520 Standard and Reference Guide lays out the procedures needed to remediate and restore homes and commercial facilities both large and small.

One: Health and Safety Provisions
Mold can cause health problems in some people. We immediately take steps to protect residents and our technicians from loose spores in the air. We also take precautions to reduce the risk of further contamination from mold disturbed by remediation efforts and either carried into uncontaminated areas of the home or released into the air.

Two: Documentation of Conditions and Processes Used
SERVPRO specialists record the conditions of the home before we begin work, what we accomplish, and again upon completion. The numbers we record include the extent of the mold growth and other key facts like the level of moisture saturation. We do this to ensure the mold spore counts have returned to normal, safe levels.

Three: Contain the Threat at its Source
Every action we take is not just to clean and remove mold from each home, but also to prevent accidentally spreading it. As an example, we place negative air machines at points where we need to break up and remove drywall panels contaminated by mold. These devices reduce the amount of loose mold in the air, making removal both quicker and more efficient.

Four: Remove the Mold and Contaminated Property
To remove mold from surfaces, we use dry or damp cloths and sponges to wipe off mold from otherwise clean surfaces. For thicker layers, we use vacuums with specially designed HEPA filters that capture even a single spore. In some cases, it is both easier and more cost-efficient to remove both the mold and the item it contaminated rather than attempt to clean them.

Five: Reduce Any Moisture Problem
Even after a thorough cleaning, more mold spores can enter a home. We dry any visible sources of water and reduce the moisture content of the air and surrounding property to prevent mold growth from reoccurring. If we do not, spores can expand and grow again in at little as 72 hours.

If you suspect or are dealing with a mold infestation in your home, contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 today. We are here to help you return to a clean, mold-free home.

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Have a Water Damage Event? Call the Experts in San Leandro

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Have a Water Damage Event? Call the Experts in San Leandro Our technicians focus on stopping the leak first and then remediating the damage. When facing any type of water damage situtation, contact SERVPRO.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

Water is our life source as humans. However, water can sometimes hurt your San Leandro home. Moisture inside your dwelling is always a rough situation.
 
So, a pipe broke inside your house, what do you do? We recommend that you call SERVPRO's water damage professionals in San Leandro. Water spilling out from anywhere inside your house is something nobody ever wants.
 
Too much moisture inside your home possibly causes some issues. If furniture or contents inside your home get too wet, it is possible that damage occurs. Sometimes water saturates building materials such as carpet or drywall, and the materials must get removed.
 
Paper and wooden building materials are susceptible to mold growth. If too much water is in the air inside your home, the moisture sometimes causes damage to areas of your home other than the source. High moisture levels in the air makes it possible for mold to form in other areas of your home as well.
 
SERVPRO's experts have all of the necessary equipment and expertise to test the air and building materials within your home for moisture levels. If the water damage ruined the flooring or walls, then the damaged material gets taken out before drying can occur. Depending on the extent of damage sometimes nothing gets removed at all.
 
In many cases, our specialists remediate your water damage problem without removing anything. The team comes in and sets up a variety of drying equipment that is designed to dry out regions of your house before any fungi grow. We have different types of equipment to aid the drying process including air movers, injectidry systems, heaters, dehumidifiers, and drying mats. These different pieces of equipment are designed to create the right environment inside your home to dry out the wet areas as quick as possible.
 
Using the industry's best equipment many times our crew can dry out water damaged areas without having to remove anything from your home. If you have unwanted moisture inside your house due to a water leak, then call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 24 for assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Cleaning Up Water Damage In Your San Leandro Kitchen From A Leaking Dishwasher

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleaning Up Water Damage In Your San Leandro Kitchen From A Leaking Dishwasher Time is of the essence with any water leak, including a leaking dishwasher.

Cleaning Up Water Damage

Time is of the essence with any water leak, including a leaking dishwasher. The faster you respond to take action to stop water from spilling onto your kitchen floor in San Leandro, the less damage that is done and this also means less costly repairs. Your dishwasher can fail for several reasons including it being installed unevenly, using the wrong dishwashing soap, a broken door, loose connections, and a worn gasket.

Whatever the reason your dishwasher has begun leaking water all over your kitchen floor, the issue needs to be handled fast. Water damage can quickly escalate in your San Leandro home, and professional help to clean it up is best. SERVPRO has the staff and tools to expertly clean up the mess and restore your home back to normal.

During the restoration of your home, we need to create a drying goal. We monitor the drying process daily to see whether this goal is being accomplished. A drying goal is a condition we want to bring to the affected area of your structure and how dry we want the environment to be when we are finished.

SERVPRO technicians use drier air to increase the rate of evaporation. We use specific humidity readings to ensure the humidity in the affected area is lowering. When dry, the specific humidity in this area should be the same or lower than the specific humidity of areas which were not affected.

We also need to establish a dry standard for the contents of your home. We do so by taking moisture content readings from materials that are dry in unaffected areas. These readings are part of our drying goal for the wet areas. A moisture meter is used to see if we are reaching our drying goals and to document how much moisture is in the material every time we monitor. We compare the readings to see if the item is drying, and once we reach the drying goal, the process is complete.

SERVPRO of San Leandro understands that once standing water is out of your home in San Leandro, Mulford Gardens, and the surrounding areas, it does not mean your home is thoroughly dry yet. We take steps to ensure your home is dried back to normal levels when you call us for help at (510) 352-2480.

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